Five men's soccer players claim all-region nods

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Kansas City, Mo. -- The United Soccer Coaches recognized five University of Lynchburg men's soccer players with All-South Atlantic Region honors, the coaches' organization Monday evening.

Senior defender Austin Kues (High Point, N.C.) and senior goalkeeper Dylan McLaurin (Stafford, Va.) earned spots on the first team, while junior midfielder Jack Ashby (Lewes, Del.), sophomore midfielder Ben Mackey (Leesburg, Va.), and sophomore forward Abibi Osman (Charlottesville, Va.) won third-team accolades.

The Hornets' five honorees were the most among any represented program on the all-region teams.

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Both Kues and McLaurin are repeat first-teamers. The duo helped the Hornets defense post some of the best numbers in the nation, including a seventh-place ranking in shutout percentage and 17th-place standing in goals against average among Division III programs.

All three of Lynchburg's third-teamers earned their first all-region honors.

Ashby scored two goals, both game-winners, and made three assists on his way to first-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference honors.

Mackey led the team in goals with seven and also made also made three assists, also earning a first-team all-league nod.

Osman started the year on fire, netting five goals in the team's first four matches. He made four assists before injury cut his season short.

This season marks just the second time in program history that five Hornets have earned all-region nods.

Lynchburg played to a 13-2-2 record in 2018, reaching as high at No. 5 in the D3soccer.com national rankings, but did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

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--LYN--

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